Is It Too Late to Get a Flu Shot?
Your work email is exploding with deadlines. The kids need help with math homework again. Don’t even ask what’s for dinner tonight. Your list of To Do’s is so long it wouldn’t fit on a whole roll of toilet paper … which you just realized you’ve run out of. It’s no wonder you haven’t gotten to one important thing on the list – getting a flu shot.
We have good news: It’s not too late.
Flu season usually spans October to May, and instances of flu tend to peak between December and March. Which means you still have a chance to avoid getting the flu this year. This is a case of better late than never, but don’t procrastinate any longer. The flu shot doesn’t give you instant protection. It takes two weeks to build antibodies that defend against the virus.
Luckily, you have many convenient options. Your doctor, urgent care clinics, your workplace, even some pharmacies offer flu shots. For adults, it’s one and done. But children ages 6 months to 8 years old will require two shots, the second dose four weeks after the first, so get those kids to a doctor soon.
While you’re at it, put a September recurring reminder on your calendar now. That’s when the new flu vaccines are usually released each year. Yes, you may be feeling all-powerful against our foe the flu after you get your shot this year, but your vaccine-boosted immunity will decline over time. Help yourself make this an annual habit.
The Centers for Disease Control, state public health departments and the World Health Organization study virus samples from over 100 countries year-round to come up with the right combination of vaccines to help you fend off circulating viruses each year. The least you can do is move this quick task higher on your To Do List, right? And don’t forget to add “get TP” to that list.